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the Independent - Anthony Rose

2012 Bodegas Manzano Mas de Victor Graciano. £8.99, Sainsbury's

pepper-spicy aromatic element to this youthful, bright rioja

2012 Steitz Trocken, Rheinhessen. £13, Chix & Buck, Brixton

A fresh, dry German riesling with lively citrus aromas

2010 Escarpment Pinot Noir Te Rehua, Martinborough. £30, Marks & Spencer

delightful mouthful of summer pudding red fruits with spicy oak

the Observer - David Williams

Edmunds St-John Bone Jolly Gamay Noir 2010 (£13.95, roberson wine)

vibrant light and succulent red; emphasis on drinkability

Qupé Syrah Central Coast, 2011 (from £16.99, agwines.com; Majestic)

sinewy, Rhône-like syrah; red fruit and black peppery crackle

Varner Wines Foxglove Chardonnay 2011 (£13.50 until 23 Feb, swig.co.uk)

Pristine, mineral but full of tangy orchard fruit

Uvaggio Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2012 (£9.95, The Wine Society)

sweet-sour cherry and plum juiciness

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2011 (from £20.95, winedirect.co.uk; Majestic)

perfectly poised between mealy, fruity richness and tensile acidity

Sean Thackrey Pleaiades XXII (from £30, Majestic, Roberson)

distinctively exotic nose of herbs, spice, and sappy red fruits

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Crafty Dan (6% abv, £2.09 in 150 Sainsbury's stores)

runner-up in the Great British Beer Hunt; bright citrus and peach

Bateman's B Bock (6% abv £2.09, in 300 Sainsbury's stores)

more full-on; Bavarian-style strong ale

Thwaites Big Ben (5.8% abv £1.50-£1.79 selected Bargain Booze; Booths)

distinctively fruity brown ale

Brains Rye Catcher (5% abv, around £2.29 in the Cardiff area)

fragrant, American-style

Shepherd Neame Whitechapel Porter (5.2% abv, Asda £1.75)

whiff of chocolate and perky taste of freshly brewed coffee

The Scotsman - Brian Elliott

2012 Tbilvino Qvevris Kakheti, Georgia, 12.5% £8.99, M&S

savoury, herbal backdrop; tangerine-centred, marmalade style

2011 Signature Pic St Loup Languedoc, France, 13% £8.99, Morrisons

smoothly textured red with dark plum, bramble, vanilla and liquorice

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Chile (13.5%; £7.99, various retailers)

Smooth, American-oaked; bold, boisterous, juiciness

De Martino Gallardia del Itata Cinsault 2013 Chile (13.5%; Wine Society, £8.95)

smooth, soft white pepper and cranberry juice red

Maycas del Limari Reserva Chardonnay 2008 (14%; Oddbins, £9.45)

rounded, creamy; riven through with lemon meringue pie acidity

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Finca La Valona Tempranillo 2007. £9.95, Swig

Richly savoury and perfect with roast lamb

M&S Valde Pedron Monastrell 2012. £7.99

Violet-scented with a fruity heft, tannic texture and fragrant oomph

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Aglianico del Vulture 2009. £8.99

Herby quality with earthy complexity

Domaene Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner 2012. £9.99 Waitrose

As pristine as the pinnacle of a snow-capped Alp

Tesco Finest North Row Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013. £14.99

About as dazzling as Marlborough Sauvignon gets

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

2012 Malbec, Cournon Lafleur £6.99, Majestic

grown near Limoux; a juicy, brambly, gutsy bargain

2012 Cinsault-Grenache V Vignes, Les Cepages Oublies £7.69, All About Wine

fragrance and spic; sweet, dark fruit such as blackberries

2012 Vermentino, Domaine Saint Hilaire £8.23, Christopher Piper

gloriously refreshing, all citrus zest, peach and breezy acidity


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